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[uhn-ee-zee] /ʌnˈi zi/
adjective, uneasier, uneasiest.
not easy in body or mind; uncomfortable; restless; disturbed; perturbed.
not easy in manner; constrained; awkward.
not conducive to ease; causing bodily discomfort.
Origin of uneasy
1250-1300; Middle English unesy. See un-1, easy
Related forms
unease, noun
uneasily, adverb
uneasiness, noun Unabridged
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  • The consummate confidence of the man soothed the unease of the young fellow with the hogskin belt.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • He got up and paced, stunned, just conscious of a feeling of unease.

    The Lord of the Sea M. P. Shiel
  • Yet now he scarcely made an effort to conceal his unease and suspense.

    What Timmy Did Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
  • His frown froze on his face as he became conscious of a sense of unease.

    Insidekick Jesse Franklin Bone
  • unease of conscience disturbed his work for a time thereafter.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for unease


(of a person) anxious; apprehensive
(of a condition) precarious; uncomfortable: an uneasy truce
(of a thought, etc) disturbing; disquieting
Derived Forms
unease, noun
uneasily, adverb
uneasiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unease


late 13c., "not comforting," from un- (1) "not" + easy. Meaning "disturbed in mind" is attested from 1670s.

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